Real Deals: Homebuilder bills would limit local control:
"Through the adoption of extra inspections and arbitrary design and aesthetic guidelines, local governments have both overstepped their legal authority and added all sorts of delays and unnecessary costs to the construction process.
In an effort to rein in such overreach, legislators have introduced two bills this session that are making their way through the House and Senate. The bills are worth a closer look, in large part because they are the latest example of how the growth issues that dominated the conversation in the Triangle and elsewhere before the housing boom are resurfacing.
See article in N&O
HB150 would prevent municpalities from the kind of overreach Boone is attempting in their dictating to builders the number of bathrooms they are allowed to build in a unit, the limitation on the number of parking places and the size of master bedrooms etc. Unfortunately the current bill seems to only apply to single family homes.
Let's hope Representative Jonathan Jordan will be able to modify the bill to include multi-family apartments as well. Boone's overreach in attempting to dictate to the market what the local politicos decide is needed, instead of allowing the free market to function, will do nothing but add to the costs of area rentals!
If a developer builds something the market doesn't want, he wont be in business long. If however, the Boone town council decides based on what they think the market needs, they pay no price for their failures - It's not REAL money, it's only TAX money!